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  1. 29 points
    stevensandor

    Ballou Tabla

    The issue isn't with the site per se, it's with the linking. If you simply go to the site, you won't have issues (and why we don't find any our end). It's a complex issue, we've looked at it. Because the issue actually happens BEFORE people get to the site. It's the link being intercepted and people being re-directed. It happens to a minority of people. It's a problem, but a real head-scratcher. I may actually stop sending links and simply post updates that will instruct people to go to the site manually. I'll put it frankly, The11.ca loses a lot of money. It was a labour of love that I subsidized with the broadcast money I would make from doing NASL games. Obviously, those don't happen anymore. Launched Plastic Pitch, that broke even in year one and two, but then it became too expensive to run (I was out of pocket nearly 10K on it in year three, so some hard decisions had to be made). I understand that the app world collapsed (as one industry insider once put it at a conference I was at, "apps are the eight-track tapes of our generation") so I'd eat that. I guess, I just want you all to understand that "fixing" an issue can be very, very expensive. Like, four or five digits. I leave the lights on simply because I'm hopeful that the CanPL will launch and that will create some new revenue lines so that the site can break even. But when I take on writing projects that pay the bills (writing about things that aren't soccer) to ones that are a massive financial wasteland (writing about soccer), I'd just like readers to understand that the site is more a labour of love than anything else at this point. "Fixing" issues is expensive.
  2. 19 points
    Unnamed Trialist

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Ottawa getting its back up about the CPL is senseless, and some of these posts are very hypocritical. Why should Ottawa take apart its team to play in the CPL? Well, you've done it before, for countless reasons, without coming up with such defensive arguments. How much of the team that played a NASL final remains? Ottawa, like any other team, has ripped itself to shreds when it was considered convenient. No point getting upset if the CPL means something similar. I didn't see such bile and defensiveness from Ottawa fans when they moved to USL, a league with a lot of things inferior to NASL (uneven scheduling, competitive level, interest in rival teams, prestige, television rights, international projection via well-known players). Accepting that we cannot drop the salary cap ridiculously low just because some clubs (maybe 2) are not doing their work (which I obviously do not agree with), here are the reasons to join the CPL -it shows you have character to get in on something from day one, instead of playing the fear game and holding back. That is what being an entrepreneur with vision means, taking calculated risks. -it shows you recognize that Canadian rivalries will make your home game experience better, instead of getting all excited about playing a team no one has heard of from western Pennsylvania. Ottawa DOES care about beating Hamilton. Or you can get all excited about Loudon United FC visiting next year (yeah, look it up, you are arguing in favour of playing Loudon!). -it shows you are sharing in a long-time vision shared by Canadian fans across the country, for a Canadian league supporting Canadian players. You are part of it, instead of standing off with your arms crossed. Not mavericks, not innovative, just bunkered down and out of touch. -it shows you are listening to your fan base, and especially supporters groups, who if you ask the hard questions, will want in. Supporters who will be able to have meaningful away travel in the current set-up. Fans that recognize the difference between playing a rival you can properly "hate", instead of an entire season of rivals you are totally indifferent towards. I've watched USL with WhitecapsII. Visits from OKC Energy got us hyped all week, right. -it shows you are really serious about winning a D1 league, since CPL offers what USL cannot not. Winning USL garners zero reward; it is quite probable that the CSA will lobby for the winner of the CPL to get a potential 2nd Concacaf Champions League spot for Canada. So you are going to renounce that? With a real chance given your experience to take the league in the early years? -it shows you recognize that the league is going to evolve, and improve over time, and that your expertise and the work you have put into the club can reap benefits that will be appreciated by Canadian fans across the country. It also shows that even with a lower salary cap, all that know-how in running a club will still allow you to be a step ahead of the rest. -you might decide to do a cool new logo, and a new set of merchandising; you would share in a league merchandising deal, and may appear on national tv, and will be written about across the country in the general and specialised press. You will visit Victoria and Halifax and they'll care, instead of not a word being written about your visit to Pittsburgh or how thrilling it was to play with the stadium 12% full on an American football field on the campus of Lehigh University in lovely Saucon Valley, Pennsylvania. But hey, if Ottawa owners are listening to the fans harping about just one single issue, the salary cap, and how much work it was to get these players, and if we can't have them all playing at the same salary then we prefer to play Louisville, then let them stay in the USL. The USL is just a muddy eddy on the fringe of North American soccer, owned by an American, where even B teams of MSL sides play, and where the dream of winning is almost an afterthought. [This post is just to overstate the argument a bit, to help steer our Ottawa brothers back in line]
  3. 18 points
    Cavalinni scores the game winner (2-1) in the 94th minute vs Montereey https://streamable.com/2vghq
  4. 16 points
  5. 16 points
    I want to see Canadians play soccer. Watching TFC vs Montreal on Saturday with one Canadian starter on each team isn't good enough for me. The Canadian content percentages have got worse over the years. How is this going to help Canada in World Cup qualifying? I also don't like that it takes me 2+ hours to get home after a game. My York 9 tickets will be an 'instead of' TFC.
  6. 16 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/313921-liverpool-goal-of-the-month-august-vote Had to share Liam is in contention for goal of the month for August for LFC..amazing to even be in the same company as these guys...
  7. 15 points
    shermanator

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Checking in the morning after. I'm not happy about the news. I'm not happy about a lot of opinions expressed via Tweets which have been misconstrued as insights from the inner workings of the CPL. However, this morning, it really doesn't matter to me. Those of us with CPL clubs to support need to move on from the decision, and not let it affect what we can do to build the league. For the first time since I started following soccer, I have a local professional club. I have away games I can go to where I can yell at the opposition for 90 minutes, and then have beer with the opposing supporters after the game. I have CPL coaches bantering me on Twitter and then complementing our new SG logo via DM. I can see the momentum building among the supporters scene, where people who had no interest in Calgary Foothills want to get in on the ground level with Cavalry, and that excites me. As with a lot of things, I'm not going to let a short-sighted decision in Ottawa affect what we do in Calgary. And neither should those in Victoria, or Edmonton, or Winnipeg, or Hamilton, or York, or Halifax.
  8. 14 points
    Wow, that's a phrase I never thought I'd see in my lifetime.
  9. 14 points
    Grizzly

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Piette has been a standout, top level MLS player for the Impact since he signed for them. Eustaquio would be a good addition but he is not going to be gifted a spot. He is playing for a mid table Portugese team not Chelsea or Barca.
  10. 14 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Liam played 80 mins in a 2-1 loss vs West Ham for the U23s today before flying out tomorrow. Here are some highlights from the game care of the West Ham website. On a different day Liam could of had two. Needed to be a bit more clinical and came against a very good Keeper Nathan Trott who is the starting u20 gk for England... some great movement on t eh chances though. He is the #9.. the defender he was playing against(#6) was Reece Oxford was had made 8 appearances for the West Ham first team https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2018/september/02-september/highlights-liverpool-1-2-west-ham-u23s He's really stoked for the camp!!!
  11. 14 points
    Ansem

    CPL General

  12. 14 points
    No. Position Player Nation 1 Goalkeeper Callum Irving Canada 2 Midfielder Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé Canada 3 Defender Eddie Edward Canada 4 Defender Nana Attakora Canada 5 Midfielder Chris Mannella Canada 6 Midfielder Sergio Manesio Angola 7 Defender Onua Obasi England 8 Forward Steevan Dos Santos Cape Verde 9 Forward Carl Haworth (captain) Canada 11 Forward Daniel Haber Canada 12 Goalkeeper David Monsalve Canada 13 Defender Monti Mohsen Canada 14 Forward Gabriel Wiethaeuper-Balbinotti Canada 15 Midfielder Maxim Tissot Canada 16 Goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau (on loan from Montreal Impact) Canada 17 Forward Azake Luboyera Uganda 20 Defender David Edgar Canada 22 Midfielder Jamar Dixon (vice-captain) Canada 23 Defender Daniel Kinumbe Canada 24 Forward Jimmy-Shammar Sanon Haiti 26 Defender Thomas Meilleur-Giguère (on loan from Montreal Impact) Canada 30 Forward Adonijah Reid (on loan from FC Dallas) Canada 31 Defender Clément Bayiha Canada 32 Defender Colin Falvey (vice-captain) Ireland 80 Midfielder Cristian Portilla Spain 88 Midfielder Kévin Oliveira Cape Verde 99 Forward Tony Taylor Panama The only thing better than all of the Canadians on this roster? Not one American!!!
  13. 13 points
    I think if there is a stream then we will be provided a stream and we will be able to watch via a stream to watch the game. #Tg11
  14. 12 points
    In order to "red pill" effectively, you have to provide facts and not just claims and opinions. There are a number of things that are problematic here: 1) Colin Kaepernick first sat during the national anthem during the first preseason game in 2016. It is hard to be ranked effectively at that point in the season. However it is true that the 2015 season was not a good one for him under his new coach and was shortened by injury. As a lifelong Detroit Lions fan, I am intimately familiar with how changes in coaches/management can affect a player's performance. 2) He was pretty clear as to what message he was sending based on the coverage around that time. I will admit that he was about as articulate as most football players, which is to say, not very. To me, that points to it being less of a publicity stunt and more of a message as publicity stunts are usually thought out and prepared for. That's just my opinion though however, it is hard to lambast him for being an opportunist and inarticulate in the same breath. Those run counter to each other. 3) You are correct that he lost his starting job, however he won it back later that season and went on to play the majority of the games for his team. Not sure he needed to continue to save his career at that point. By starting 11 of the team's games that season, he had proven that he can play at that level and actually set his high mark for yards per rush that season. With the emergence of Cam Newton and, to a lesser extent, Russell Wilson as dual-threat QBs, it is hard to make an argument that a team hasn't needed him in some role over the last little while. Especially when guys like Mark Sanchez and Josh Mccown were able to find work in that time. Even the guy he replaced in SF found work with the Cardinals and is now with the Titans. 3) The Broncos offer was made after he demanded a trade in February of 2016. The Broncos presented him with a two year contract sometime in March or April of that year (unless there was another one I haven't heard of). Note that this was before his first protest. 4) For someone that decried "...far left/communist tactic(s) of engaging in ad hominem attacks..." in your other thread, your points would be lot more effective if you didn't dismiss things as "irrational insanity", "false narratives" or "looney lefty". I'm more than happy to continue this conversation elsewhere if you want.
  15. 12 points
    rob.notenboom

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Purposefully avoided this thread. Pleasantly surprised. Not nearly as much of a gong show as I imagined. A couple things: 1) The $500K salary cap number is baseless. But from what I’ve heard it will not be as high as I think it should be. But it will still be higher than the wage bills of the vast majority of USL teams, which brings me to ... 2) The comment about CanPL being L1O level is off base in my opinion. Any reasonable analysis of the player pool (and there have been a few done) would show that there’s enough talent available at an average wage of $40K a year to put the lie to that idea. 3) I keep hearing this ‘destroy what we’ve built’ idea floated here and elsewhere in relation to the Fury. Honestly, what have they built? Most of their team was put together this year. They’re currently 9th in their division, 18th out of 33 overall and have a goal difference of -10. I love that they are giving Canadians tons of minutes. But with what they’ve built, I might consider tearing it down and starting over. 4) This is a failure, no doubt. The league clearly wanted them in for 2019. Not shocking that there are bumps in the road so hopefully people will move on despite the setback. But whose failure it ultimately is (the league’s or the Fury’s) is incredibly opaque. I’m not sure it’s even worth commenting on due to significant lack of information. But I don’t think it’s a ridiculous idea that both the Fury and CanPL might share some responsibility for not getting the deal done. One final thing ... much of the social media discussion from those supporting the Fury has been very prejudicial against CanPL. Case in point is the L1O comment. I have to assume, since Fury Fanatic has gleaned all of this from an inside source (or sources), that much of the other talking points floating around are also coming from the Fury. So that’s a lot of very negative pieces of ‘information’ coming from the Fury and being spread around. But how much of it is accurate if the L1O comment is not accurate (and it’s not). Is it accurate that housing costs will be counted against the CanPL salary cap? Is it accurate that CanPL has no sponsorship deals (ok, I know that that one is false and it’s become obvious to many)? Is it accurate that there’s no TV deal? Lots of speculation. Not enough facts. I wonder when CanPL and the CSA will decide to comment. Or if. Anyway. Back to your regularly scheduled CanSoc meltdown.
  16. 12 points
    Finally got a start and got his first goal.
  17. 12 points
    Unnamed Trialist

    Ottawa CPL Club

    For the life of me I do not understand why so many on this board are just assuming you have to drop the salary cap down to favour the weaker teams. Why not put it exactly where it should be (1.5 million seems perfect), and if a team does not want to spend it, so be it. Some would argue that a higher cap will mean some teams won't be able to attract players and will be outbid. Welcome to the world of pro sports. In any case, if Pacific FC are talking about concentrating on Vancouver Island stock, they have that all to themselves, and few players are going to move away from home to make 8 grand more in Calgary. The only part of the local player market they could lose is the top player, the premium player--and just who is this from Vancouver Island, currently? As for York9, because they are near the highest concentration of talent in Canada, they have a wider pool to draw from. Maybe they'll pay less, but they too may find players who want to stay close to home, saving on expenses. BBTB said here that the league is only as strong as the weakest link. Don't agree, it is just the opposite: it is as strong as the strongest links. The weakest will fall off, over time, and better options will emerge. The weakest links are easily shed if need be, if they really cannot find a way to compete for players because a rival club is playing 10 grand more a year to someone, which is a pretty low difference.
  18. 12 points
    Steven Sandor has a good article on the selection, including this quote from Herdman on Ballou Tabla: https://the11.ca/herdman-sees-canada-playing-in-the-world-cup-in-four-years-time/
  19. 12 points
    The BEST roster we could ask for. Period.
  20. 12 points
    I just filled out the form to drop my TFC season tickets. They made it easy with the price increase and scab labour. Going all in with york9
  21. 11 points
    BuzzAndSting

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Again, you clearly don't understand the current landscape. No one does. Despite Stuart's assurances in his tweets, he and the Fury don't either. The Fury took risks to join the NASL which was no sure thing, and yet they're not willing to take a risk on this, that's the sticking point for a lot of this. On top of that the Fury have been attending every meeting with the CPL up until they apparently found out they wouldn't be able to keep their entire roster in tact and they may be required to cut their budget. As others have pointed out they have turned their roster over every off season so that excuse also doesn't sit will with a lot of fans. All of this doesn't sound like a club who was worried about the stability of the league to me. You and others seem to believe that the level of the USL is a big draw for the fans in Ottawa, I disagree. The majority of fans in Ottawa that I know and see at games are casual soccer fans, families, kids and those just looking for a fun afternoon. I understand the level of the CPL may be lower in the beginning but at least it's all ours and eventually it will grow. For a lot of the casual fans I know they have already expressed a desire to see games against Hamilton, Halifax and Calgary, now the Fury will lose that. They may not even be allowed into the V Cup which historically has brought a lot of buzz and awareness to the team. Because the Fury compete at a level that will be similar to the CPL, maybe not exactly right away but similar. And it's in the best interest of the game in Canada to have them in the CPL, that's why everyone here wants them in the CPL. Most of the passionate Fury fans will defend this decision because that's what passionate fans do but don't come here and expect die hard Canadian soccer fans to be okay with this. I'm a huge Fury fan and I respect their decision but I'm disappointed and will no longer support the team. I spend a certain amount of money on games, jerseys, etc... each year and from now on that money will be spent on CPL teams instead of the Fury.
  22. 11 points
    Thomas

    Milan Borjan

    Came across this on Instagram
  23. 11 points
    shermanator

    Ballou Tabla

    From Steven Sandor's article on the roster for the US Virgin Islands game. Includes this update on Tabla. https://the11.ca/herdman-sees-canada-playing-in-the-world-cup-in-four-years-time/
  24. 11 points
    socceronly

    Liam Millar

    Let's vote that up!
  25. 11 points
    Obinna

    Jonathan David

    Looks like I tuned in JUST in time. Great finish! David ties it 1-1 on a beautiful header!
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